School given ‘good’ rating

A Croydon school has been rated ‘good’ by government inspectors following a review in November.

Castle Hill Academy, in New Addington, Croydon has been pronounced good in all categories: overall effectiveness, quality of education, behaviour and attitudes, personal development, leadership and management and early years provision, following the inspection on November 20 and 21.

Prior to September, in summer 2017 the key stage two results had shown that only 16 per cent of Castle Hill Academy’s Year 6 pupils had achieved the expected grades. Pupils at that time were acknowledged to be performing at levels more than a year behind the national average.

By 2019, however, at key stage two, 55 per cent of Year 6 pupils achieved expected grades in reading, writing and mathematics combined, early years results were the best for seven years and considerable progress had been made in phonics, now close to the national average.

Head teacher Serena Hemmings, said:  “The Castle Hill Academy team agrees that our work is challenging yet enjoyable.

“We take great comfort from the Trust’s wider support, especially from chief executive Judette Tapper, immediate members of my senior team, Sonia Isard and Claire Bracher, who are both heads of school, and other senior trust staff such as Margaret Norris, Dr Chun Lok and lead educationalist on the trust board, Terry McKenzie.

“It is true to say that this is the most fulfilling part of my educational journey to date. It has been very rewarding working with the team and pupils of Castle Hill Academy.”

4 thoughts on “School given ‘good’ rating

  • 28th December 2019 at 1:53 am

    As a parent within this school, this is shocking that a school who fails their children on a daily basis and does nothing to ensure their safety can possibly recieve a good rating. Yet again, this school have been able to lie and fool people into thinking they are better than they are.

    • 29th December 2019 at 11:34 am

      If you hate the school that much move your children!
      I have children in Castle Hill now and one at Merdian. I can see the changes for the better. My children are happy there.

  • 29th December 2019 at 11:08 am

    If you hate it and distrust the school that much move your children somewhere else! I have children at Meridian, who went to Castle Hill and children there now. So can compare. I can see a huge difference now compared to previous years and my children are very happy there.

  • 19th February 2020 at 8:34 pm

    I agree with the first comment. The school has not improved at all. Maybe they are better at falsifying results now but certainly on a daily basis children are being failed. Behaviour is appalling and there are constant changes in staff which does not seem like a good school. What a shame ofsted missed this and gave the wrong rating.


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